Kansas Bans Dismemberment Abortions; Right to Life Hopes It’s the First of 50
Beyond the issue of fetal pain, some pro-choice advocates, such as Saporta, point to a World Health Organization report that shows dismemberment or D&E abortions are often the safest method, for the mother, of performing a second-trimester abortion.
But during Kansas Senate debate over the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act hardly a word was heard against the proposal.
The best Sen. David Haley (D) could come up with was to argue the word “dismemberment” should be replaced with the word “healthcare.”
“It was clearly demonstrated in the Kansas Senate that the pro-abortion side has no substantive defense for the barbaric abortion procedure of dismembering living, tiny unborn babies with sharp metal tools,” said Kathy Ostrowski, the executive director of Kansans for Life.
Right to Life statistics show that although the number of abortions performed in Kansas has declined over the past several years, the number of dismemberment abortions rose from 584 in 2013 to 639 or 8.8 percent of the 7,263 Kansas abortions reported in 2014.
The National Abortion Federation’s abortion training textbook shows dismemberment abortions account for 96 percent of second-trimester abortions in the nation.
Sponsored by Kansas Sen. Garrett Love (R), the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act was the top state legislative priority for National Right to Life’s affiliate, Kansans for Life.
“With the discussion about, and passage of this bill, the public will see that dismemberment abortions brutally – and unacceptably – rip apart small human beings who have all of their internal organs and who have perfectly formed fingers and toes,” Ostrowski said when the legislation was introduced in January.
Brownback, who is scheduled to travel across Kansas for ceremonial signings of the bill on April 28, said he too considers it to be a “horrific procedure” and hopes it is banned nationwide.
Balch said the state-by-state approval of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act is just one more step in the effort to outlaw abortion.
“When abortion textbooks describe in cold, explicit detail exactly how to kill a human being by ripping off arms and legs piece by piece, civilized members of society have no choice but to stand up and demand a change,” said Balch.
That is just what Saporta and the National Abortion Federation are afraid of.
“The health of women should drive medical decisions, not politics,” said Saporta. “This bill is part of an incremental attack to ban abortion care altogether.”